I could write a lot about Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for the Nintendo 3DS. I could rant that Square-Enix still has not announced a localisation of this, or that they announced a “sequel” right afterwards which turned out to be a freaking browser game.
But I won’t, I will just rejoice in the fact that it is one of the best games they have put out in a decade. And one of the big reasons for this is its wonderful OST, on which I want to focus in this short post.
This is not a review, I will also not post more songs than “Ballad reaching towards Hope”, this is about the fact that they didn’t get “famous game music peeps” like Hamauzu Masashi, Sakuraba Motoi or even Uematsu Nobuo to make the OST for a very traditional RPG – a genre that really depends a lot on soundtracks. No, they got someone to do it who never made a video game OST on his own. Revo (of Sound Horizon fame) is a pretty well known musician in Japan, but this is his first solo-endeavour in the world of video games.
Getting him to make the OST for this game was the best choice Square-Enix has made in a long time. This Soundtrack sounds fresh while still being very traditional as Revo really likes to mix his instruments together. A lot of violins, the piano, even clockwork (it’s a theme of the game) found their way into the songs.
It’s a great soundtrack. I might be alone in this, but I’d rank it pretty near the Chrono Cross soundtrack, which is one of the most wonderful video game music releases I have ever had the pleasure to listen to.
So, listen to it and bug Square-Enix about Bravely Default. You do want this game.
明けましておめでとう as the Japanese say. It’s 2013, the world did not end last month, so I guess it’s about time we – or rather, I, because actually it was Lumy’s turn and she doesn’t even care, uguu – revived this blog. It’s a bother, but that’s the power of new year’s resolutions for you.
That said, I’m not really looking forward to this year all this much when it comes to all my real-life obligations. I plan to finish my degree, find a “real” job, so I can buy even more useless things, I would like to find a bigger flat and there’s also a visit to Japan planned if those things go well.
They probably won’t.
So in order to avoid thinking about all the hard things ahead, let’s think about the things we can look forward to. Be it Anime, Video Games or anything else. Mostly Import Games though. It’s all I do, lately.
So, here we are again. This place might seem dead but it isn’t! Or at least it’s not supposed to be. A mixture of laziness and stress prevented me from posting which, I guess, is the same for Lumy. I had a lot of important exams to write and work has been busy. But I still did stuff!
For answers on just what I did and what kind of posts you can expect in the coming weeks, just read on!
Every season I pick a lot of shows I want to watch but in the end I only watch a fraction of these weekly. Some others I marathon or semi-marathon (marathoning a series when there are still around three episodes or so left to air) later… the rest just gets dropped. Or not watched at all.
Since the season is nearing its end (I would have made a mid-season post but I didn’t have a blog), let’s examine what I found to be worth my while after the jump. (more…)